Zuri Obado Joins JHU as Health Science Intensive Academic Adviser
Zuri Obado is the new academic adviser for the Health Science Intensive program, often referred to as HSI.
Obado grew up in New Jersey and attended Rutgers University, where she majored in psychology. She then attended Boston University School of Medicine and received a master’s in behavioral medicine and mental health counseling.
After graduation, Obado returned to Rutgers, first to be a counseling intern and then to work full time for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences’ Educational Opportunity Fund program. The program helps students who need extra support transitioning from high school to college. “It was my way of giving back to the community,” Obado said.
She left New Jersey in February to move to Maryland, where she has started the next phase of her career at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.
In her new role, Obado is on the HSI admissions committee and serves as a resource for students interested in enrolling in the HSI program. She also interviews prospective students.
Obado helps enrolled students assemble their medical school portfolios. She works with students as they prepare personal statements; stages mock interviews; and advises them on extracurricular activities. Obado is working on ways to get HSI students more involved in JHU Montgomery County Campus events and on finding ways for students to volunteer in the community.
Obado works with Alexandra Tan, the HSI program director.
The Post-Baccalaureate Health Science Intensive Program started at Johns Hopkins in June 2013. It is part of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Advanced Academic Programs; all courses are held on the Montgomery County Campus. Approximately 50 students are expected to enroll in the 2017-18 class, which starts in May.
Students in the 12-month program take biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology, plus four science electives. In addition to their science classes, students in the HSI program take three non-science courses. The idea behind the program is to give students the opportunity to enroll in rigorous courses in the life sciences to prove their aptitude to study medicine. The hope is that after completing HSI, students will be more attractive medical school candidates.
Obado says she is thrilled to be in Maryland and at JHU. Her office is in Gilchrist Hall.